Second half key to Hawks win over the Bears
December 18, 2011, 1:24 pm
The Seattle Seahawks traveled to Soldier field Sunday as they took on the Chicago Bears. The two teams came into the game headed in opposite directions.
The Seahawks were winners of their last four out of their last five games while the Bears were on the other side, losers of their last three. The Seahawks offense struggled for most of the first half but the second half was a different story as the the Seahawks took advantage of 5 total turnovers including two interceptions of Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie that were returned for a touchdown. This lead to 31 second half points and a 38-14 victory over the Bears.
The first two possessions of the game resulted in a three and out for both teams. On Chicago's second possession Hanie completed a pass to Johnny Knox near the left sideline but as he was going down Knox fumbled the football and Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas recovered the fumble at the Bears 22 yard line.
The Seahawks would drive the ball down to the Chicago four yard line where the Bears would hold them on third down. The Seahawks then attempted a 22 yard field goal. On the field Goal attempt The Bears got a penalty for using leverage as Corey Graham jumped onto a teammates back to try and block the field goal attempt. This gave the Seahawks an automatic first down and on the next play Marshawn Lynch took a hand-off up the middle and pushed his way into the end zone and the Seahawks had a 7-0 lead.
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Chicago would play the field position game on their next possession as they pinned the Seahawks down at their own 4 yard line. After gaining a yard on first down Seahawks quarterback Tavaris Jackson turned to hand the ball off to Lynch who slipped in the backfield and Jackson was forced into a 4 yard loss. On third and 13 Jackson dropped back into his own end zone and Chicago defensive end Julius Peppers came on the outside and knocked the ball out of Jackson's hand and was then recovered by Israel Idonije for a Bears touchdown.
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With the score tied 7-7 the Seahawks were forced to punt on their next possession but Earl Thomas would come through again for the defense as he intercepted Hanie in the Seahawks end zone.
The Seahawks were not able to capitalize on the turnover as they were forced to punt on the ensuing possession. When Chicago got the ball back they used a mix of run and pass as they moved the ball down the field to the Seahawks 25 yard line. On a second and 12 Hanie hit Kahlil Bell for a 25 yard touchdown that put the Bears up 14-7 going into the half.
The Second half was a different story for the Seahawks as the offense was able to capitalize on Chicago turnovers. The Seahawks took the opening drive of the second half and with a couple of long strikes from Jackson to Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu put themselves in a first and goal from the Bears three yard line. That's where Lynch took over and punched it in for his second touchdown and tied the game at 14-14.
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On the Bears next possession Hanie got pressured as he was dropping back to pass and floated a ball that defensive end Red Bryant intercepted and ran back for a 20 yard touchdown. The Seahawks took a 21-14 lead.
The teams exchanged punts until Seattle was able to put together and 80yard drive which lead to a 33 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka and a 24-14 lead for the Seahawks.
On a third and 2 for Chicago Hanie dropped back to pass and that's when Chris Clemons bulled his way through the offensive line and sacked Hanie for a nine yard loss. Chicago was forced to punt and Leon Washington was waiting for his chance. Washington caught the punt at his own 35 and after breaking a couple tackles was finally pushed out of bounds at the Chicago 29 yard line. The Seattle offense went right to work and after a couple short passes Jackson hit Michael Robinson for a two yard touchdown.
The Seahawks were then up ten at 31-14. Next it was time for the Seahawks defense to get on the scoreboard again. Hanie dropped back to pass on first and 10 but as pressure got to him he floated a ball toward the sideline but their was only Seahawks in the area as defensive back Brandon Browner picked the ball off and ran it all the way back for a 42 yard touchdown and closed out the scoring for both teams.
The Seahawks won their third in a row to draw their record to 7-7. It was also their fifth win in their last six games. The Seahawks are still holding onto playoff hopes as they try to come back from their 2-4 start. Seattle will play San Francisco next Saturday at Century Link field at 1:15pm. That game can be heard right here at 750 am The Game.
Notes...Chicago wide receiver Johnny Knox was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the first quarter while trying to reach for a fumble. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Mike Williams broke his ankle and will be out the final two games of the regular season.